Nikolas Albarran is a Principal Engineer at Pop Up Labs where he is responsible for managing the rapid prototyping capacity in the MakerNurse initiative and operations for the MakerHealth makerspace network. Through these units, he established the first American medical makerspace in a hospital to enable rapid prototyping near the bedside. He is a guest lecturer in MIT HST’s Maker Lab class, aimed at medical prototyping and clinical co-design for devices. Nik is a graduate MIT’s Mechanical Engineering department with a specialization in product design.
Anna Young currently leads the Little Devices Lab in the MIT International Design Center (IDC). She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics in 2008. Anna coordinated projects in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Ethiopia and developed strategies to move technologies from need identification, to R&D, to field testing and user feedback and then implementation. Her main responsibilities included management of the MEDIKit project, the group solar autoclave research, and the D-Lab Health academic course at MIT. Her solar autoclave research was recently recognized by the WHO as one of the top 6 innovative technologies in health. Anna is co-founder of Salud del Sol, a social enterprise focused on solar technologies for health operating in Nicaragua and was an R&D Officer for International Laboratories of Innovations in International Health at MIT.
Jose currently leads the Little Devices Lab in the MIT International Design Center (IDC). Jose Gomez-Marquez is an engineering designer that directs Little Devices @ MIT and is the creator of MIT’s first course on affordable medical hardware. He is co-inventor the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include inhalable vaccine delivery systems, crowdsourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and reconfigurable diagnostics for extreme environments. Jose has served on the European Union’s Science Against Poverty Taskforce and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Gomez-Marquez is a 3 time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, including two Lemelson Awards for International Technology. In 2009, Jose was selected to Technology Review’s TR35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow and leads the MakerNurse project with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to re. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary exchange and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.